Touch (Eurythmics album)

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Touch
Eurythmics - Touch.png
Studio album by
Released14 November 1983 (1983-11-14)
RecordedSummer 1983
StudioThe Church, London
Genre
Length45:30
LabelRCA
ProducerDavid A. Stewart
Eurythmics chronology
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
(1983)
Touch
(1983)
Touch Dance
(1984)
Singles from Touch
  1. "Who's That Girl?"
    Released: June 1983
  2. "Right by Your Side"
    Released: October 1983
  3. "Here Comes the Rain Again"
    Released: January 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
Mojo4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[7]
Smash Hits9/10[8]
The Village VoiceB[9]
Wall Street Journal(favourable)[10]

Touch is the third studio album by the British new wave duo Eurythmics. It was released on 14 November 1983 by RCA Records, just ten months after their breakthrough album Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This). Touch became the duo's first number-one album on the UK Albums Chart, and also reached the top 10 of the US Billboard 200. It has since been certified Platinum in both the United Kingdom and the United States.[11][12] The album spawned the singles "Who's That Girl?", "Right by Your Side" and "Here Comes the Rain Again".

The album was listed on Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003, and again on a revised list in 2012, at number 492.[1]

Background[edit]

By the time Touch was released, Eurythmics had achieved international success with their commercially successful single "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" and the album of the same name. Preceded by the single "Who's That Girl?", Touch was recorded and mixed in about three weeks at Eurythmics' own London studio facility, The Church.

An accompanying remix EP, Touch Dance, was released in May 1984.

2005 re-release[edit]

On 14 November 2005, Sony BMG repackaged and released Eurythmics' back catalogue as "2005 Deluxe Edition Reissues". Each of their eight studio albums' original track listings were supplemented with bonus tracks and remixes.

Accolades[edit]

In 2000 it was voted number 221 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.[13] In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album at #492 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, calling it "divine synth pop".[1] It had originally appeared at number 500 on the 2003 version of the list. Slant Magazine placed the album at number 47 on its list of the "Best Albums of the 1980s".[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Here Comes the Rain Again"4:54
2."Regrets"4:43
3."Right by Your Side"4:05
4."Cool Blue"4:48
5."Who's That Girl?"4:46
6."The First Cut"4:44
7."Aqua"4:36
8."No Fear, No Hate, No Pain (No Broken Hearts)"5:24
9."Paint a Rumour"7:30
Total length:45:30
2005 remastered edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
10."You Take Some Lentils and You Take Some Rice" 3:01
11."ABC (Freeform)"
  • Stewart
  • Timothy Wheater
  • Nadine Masseron
2:36
12."Plus Something Else" 5:20
13."Paint a Rumour" (long version) 7:57
14."Who's That Girl?" (live) 3:28
15."Here Comes the Rain Again" (live) 3:07
16."Fame"2:39
Total length:73:38

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Touch.[15]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[35] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Germany (BVMI)[36] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[37] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[38] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[12] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  2. ^ Besenyodi, Adam (4 December 2005). "This Is What the Future Sounded Like". PopMatters. Retrieved 16 October 2018. ...Touch kept them on new wave's cutting-edge.
  3. ^ Promis, Jose F. "Touch – Eurythmics". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  5. ^ "Eurythmics: Touch". Mojo. p. 134. ISSN 1351-0193. Recorded in a frantic three-week burst of inspiration, the third Eurythmics album saw Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart raising their game significantly.
  6. ^ Connelly, Christopher (2 February 1984). "Eurythmics: Touch". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 13 July 2007. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  7. ^ Considine, J. D. (2004). "Eurythmics". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 283–84. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. ^ Anthony, Lisa (24 November – 7 December 1983). "Eurythmics: Touch". Smash Hits. Vol. 5 no. 24. p. 27. ISSN 0260-3004.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (29 May 1984). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 4 June 2016 – via RobertChristgau.com.
  10. ^ Lambert, Pam (19 January 1984). "Prime Cuts: Noteworthy Rock Records". The Wall Street Journal. ProQuest 397920155.
  11. ^ a b "British album certifications – Eurythmics – Touch". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Touch in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  12. ^ a b "American album certifications – Eurythmics – Touch". Recording Industry Association of America. 4 October 1984. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  13. ^ Colin Larkin (2000). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
  14. ^ Slant Magazine
  15. ^ Touch (liner notes). Eurythmics. RCA Records. 1983. PL70109.CS1 maint: others (link)
  16. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  17. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 6274". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eurythmics – Touch" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  19. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Eurythmics – Touch" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  20. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
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  22. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Eurythmics – Touch". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  23. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Eurythmics – Touch". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Eurythmics – Touch". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  25. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  26. ^ "Eurythmics Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  27. ^ "Eurythmics Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  28. ^ Scaping, Peter, ed. (1984). "Top 100 LPs: 1983". BPI Year Book 1984. British Phonographic Industry. pp. 44–45. ISBN 0-906154-04-9.
  29. ^ "Top 100 Albums of 1984". RPM. Vol. 41 no. 17. 5 January 1985. p. 8. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved 16 October 2018 – via Library and Archives Canada.
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  33. ^ "Top 100 Albums". Music Week. London. 26 January 1985. p. 42. ISSN 0265-1548.
  34. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1984". Billboard.biz. 31 December 1984. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  35. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Eurythmics – Touch". Music Canada. 1 June 1984. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  36. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Eurythmics; 'Touch')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  37. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Eurythmics – Touch" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 9 February 2019. Enter Touch in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  38. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Eurythmics – Touch". Recorded Music NZ. 4 March 1984. Retrieved 16 October 2018.